U.S. sanctions Mexico-based migrant smuggling group

The U.S. Treasury Department imposed sanctions Friday on a transnational human smuggling organization operating at the U.S.-Mexico border.

The sanctions target the Hernández Salas transnational criminal organization, an alleged human smuggling ring based in Mexicali, Baja California, that charges migrants $10,000 to $70,000 for its services, according to reports from U.S. and Mexican authorities.

In addition to human smuggling, the Treasury Department says the group’s leader Ofelia Hernández Salas is involved in document forgery and corruption south of the border. She is also known to have ties to the Sinaloa Cartel, of El Chapo and Ovidio Guzmán notoriety.


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